BENICIO DEL TORO BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Benicio del Toro was born on February 19th, 1967 in Santurace, Puerto Rico with the birth name Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sanchez. His parents are Gustavo and Fausta Sanchez Del Torro. At the age of nine, he lost his mother and therefore his father decided to take the family and relocate to the United States, initially settling in Pennsylvania.
After Benicio completed boarding school at Mercersburg Academy, he went to study at the University of California in San Diego planning to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a degree in business. However, while in College, he was exposed to acting in one of his classes and realized how much he wanted to pursue a career as an actor.
Benicio, dropped out of college and relocated to Los Angeles and began studying with top acting coaches. Initially, he did not share with his father his career switch and began searching for work in Los Angeles. When he was cast in a couple small television roles such as, "Miami Vice" (1984) and "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (1990) he then felt he was able to share with his father his news of wanting to be an actor.
Along with small television roles he also began to audition for film roles with some of his early work being in, "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988), "Licence to Kill" (1989), "The Indian Runner" (1991), "Money for Nothing" (1993), "Fearless" (1993), "China Moon" (1994) and a very memorable performance in "Swimming with Sharks" (1994).
He had now established himself in Hollywood and was becoming quite a highly desirable actor. In 1995 he was cast in the film, "The Usual Suspects" which won him an Independent Award for Best Supporting Actor. More film roles followed such as, "The Funeral" (1996), "Basquiat" (1996), "The Fan" (1996), "Excess Baggage" (1997) and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998).
After a little slow down from the industry, Benicio won back Hollywood with his next role in the highly successful film, "Traffic" (2000) which became a Oscar winning film and he won a Screen Actor's Guild Award for "Best Actor".
Some of his more recent roles have been on, "The Pledge" (2001), "Things We Lost in the Fire" (2007), "Che: Part One and Part Two" (both 2008), "Somewhere" (2010), and soon to release "Savages" (2012) and "Silence" (2013).
Along with acting, in 2010 he starred and as well as produced the film, "The Wolf Man". He is only one of three Puerto Ricans to ever win an Academy Award.
He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, famous musician, Rod Stewart's daughter, Kimberly Stewart and they have one daughter, Delilah del Toro.
2010 The Wolfman
2008 Che: Part Two
2008 Che: Part One
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
2005 Sin City
2003 21 Grams
2003 The Hunted
2001 The Pledge
2000 The Way of the Gun
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
1997 Excess Baggage
1996 The Funeral
1996 The Fan
1995 Fallen Angels
1995 The Usual Suspects
1994 Tales from the Crypt
1994 Swimming with Sharks
1994 China Moon
1993 Huevos de oro
1993 Money for Nothing
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
1991 The Indian Runner
1990 Madonna: The Immaculate Collection
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
1989 Licence to Kill
1988 Big Top Pee-wee
1987 Private Eye
1987 Miami Vice
1987 Shell Game